The lower Great Kiva

Note the small ledge in this kivaThere are at least three great kivas here; two in the highest great house and one much farther (lower) down the ridge. This is the lower kiva, which was never covered, but open, like the great kiva at Lowry Ruin, among others. I was struck by this small piece of ledge, instead of a ledge all the way around the entire inside. Why?

 

This kiva has been used recently in puebloan ceremonies. Taos Pueblo, for one, claims a direct connection to Chimney Rock. They say the rocks represent twin dieties in their tradition.

 

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